Autism Research



Current Projects

Effectiveness of Multi-Level Implementation Strategy for ASD Interventions (PI: Brad Hudson)
Parental reports of strengths and concerns during an autism assessment.(PI: Douglas Vanderbilt; Co-Investigators: Alexis Deavenport-Sman, Kathryn Smith)


Autism Care Network (ACN) Registry: Call-Back Assessment. (Kathryn Smith/Larry Yin, Co-Investigators)


Characterizing the Health and Healthcare Utilization of Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Florida. (PI: Larry Yin)


Using Machine Learning with Real-World Data to Identify Autism Risk in Children (PI: Amber Angell) 


Genetics of Autism and other NDDs (Co-Investigator Douglas Vanderbilt)


Technical Assistance and Peer Education Infrastructure to Increase Impact of Parent-Run CBOs Providing Social-Recreational Services (PI: Olga Solomon)



Autism Speaks Autism Care Network (AS ACN) Registry (PI: Kathryn Smith)



Differential Diagnosis of ASD for Young Children with Complex Symptom Presentations (PI: Marian Williams)



The Role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in the Diagnosis of Autism by a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician: A DBPNet Study (PI: Douglas Vanderbilt)


Combining Remote Autism Assessment and Screening Technologies for Earlier Diagnostic Assessments: (PI: Larry Yin)







  • Ashby D, Jones F, Lucas-Wright A., Deavenport-Saman A, Vanderbilt D, Yin L., Solomon O. "She is stand-offish like that": Black Adults' Recognition of Child Behaviors Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In press 2023.

  • Johnson, K., Deavenport-Saman, A., Mamey, M. R., Sabapathy, T., Schrager, S. M., & Vanderbilt, D. L. (2023). Exploring Racial and Ethnic Differences in Parent-Reported Strengths in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 10.1007/s40615-023-01639-w. Advance online publication.

  • Stein Duker, L. I., Como, D. H., Jolette, C., Vigen, C., Gong, C. L., Williams, M. E., Polido, J. C., Floríndez-Cox, L. I., & Cermak, S. A. (2023). Sensory Adaptations to Improve Physiological and Behavioral Distress During Dental Visits in Autistic Children: A Randomized Crossover Trial. JAMA network open6(6), e2316346.

  • Barbaresi, W., Cacia, J., Friedman, S., Fussell, J., Hansen, R., Hofer, J., Roizen, N., Stein, R. E. K., Vanderbilt, D., & Sideridis, G. (2022). Clinician Diagnostic Certainty and the Role of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule in Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis in Young Children. JAMA pediatrics, 176(12), 1233–1241.

  • Como, D. H., Floríndez-Cox, L. I., Stein Duker, L. I., Polido, J. C., Jones, B. P., Lawlor, M., & Cermak, S. A. (2022). Oral Care Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Black/African American Caregivers of Autistic Children and Non-Autistic Children. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 9(9), 1417.

  • Angell, A. M., Deavenport-Saman, A., Yin, L., Zou, B., Bai, C., Varma, D., & Solomon, O. (2021). Sex Differences in Co-occurring Conditions Among Autistic Children and Youth in Florida: A Retrospective Cohort Study (2012-2019). Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 51(10), 3759–3765.

  • Williams, M. E., Harley, E. K., Quebles, I., & Poulsen, M. K. (2021). Policy and Practice Barriers to Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the California Early Intervention System. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 51(10), 3423–3431.

  • Williams, M. E., Stein Duker, L. I., Vigen, C., Wylde, C., & Cermak, S. A. (2021). Brief Report: Caregiver Confidence in Reporting Anxiety Symptoms in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 10.1007/s10803-021-05210-6. Advance online publication.

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